Sanctuary / Immigration / Community Engagement

Service Learning Peer Network

How can Friends school communities support those who come to the U.S. in search of freedom and safety?

When she was fourteen, Liliana Velásquez fled horrific violence and poverty in her native Guatemala and headed out alone on foot to the US in pursuit of sanctuary.  After four months in a detention center, she was placed in foster care while the courts decided whether to deport her. After finally being granted a green card, Liliana has graduated from high school and has received two scholarships to go to college, where she will study nursing. She tells her story in both English and Spanish in her book, Dreams and Nightmares / Suenos y Pesadillas. 
To read a review of Liliana's book: see Friends Journal December 2017 issue
Special guest presenters: 
Liliana Velásques with Mark Lyons
Books will be available for sale. Participants will receive a Teacher’s Guide.

March 2, 2018
Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm

Kristin Shipler, Spanish teacher
Greene Street Friends School

The gathering is being held at Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

$84 pp (includes light breakfast & lunch



8:30     Registration & light breakfast
8:45   Welcome, Centering Silence, and Introductions around the circle.
9:15   Guest presenters – Liliana Velásquez with Mark Lyons
12:00   Lunch
1:00   Friends schools’ Commitment to Civic Engagement – “Education in the service of society” – discussion led by clerk, Kristin

The afternoon session will include dialogue about current issues. 
The co-clerks are planning time for flexible discussion modeling how Friends schools can help their communities engage in civil discourse about a variety of topics: immigration, refugees, travel bans, etc.

  • What does it mean to be a sanctuary city?
  • What roles can Quakers play? What roles can Quaker schools play?
  • How do Friends school communities find a balance between teaching advocacy for social justice without political partisanship?
  • How can educators raise questions of equity and justices and keep courageous conversations open and in a spirit of love?
2:30   Peer Network Planning for 2018 and Closing Worship
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